Category Archives: Inspiration

The Review

Help America’s Unemployed is going to help you by reviewing your resume. In the next few days we will review and critique 10 people’s resumes and cover letters. Write us 1 paragraph about why you need a resume makeover and you could be one of the luck winners!

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Resume Examples

Your resume is the first thing many companies get to see before they choose to interview you. It represents what kind of person you are, your skills and how you can possibly benefit the company you are applying for. Resumes are probably one of the most important aspects of your job search. Did you know that there are different types of resumes that can be used throughout various times in your career? Chronological resumes are the ones most people are familiar with, they list your job titles in the order in which you performed the work with the mist recent job first. There are also functional resumes. These come in handy when you are changing career paths, you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time or when you are a student with limited experience in your field. Functional resumes focus on the skills you have acquired and used throughout ¬†your work history and places less importance on job titles and dates of employment. Here are some excellent resume samples to review in order to help you build a resume that will represent you well to a prospective employer.

Functional Resume Example

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Functional Resume Example

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Chronological Resume Example

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The Search…

I often keep multiple versions of my resume handy when I’m on the job hunt. I always tailor my resume to each individual job opening. If the position is looking for someone with experience in a technical field I highlight my technical experience. If they are looking for and academic I list the relevant classes I have taken in addition to my work experience. What your tips on how to look for work and how to land an interview?

Steve Beat the Odds After Two Years of Unemployment!

Steve K is from Northeast Kansas and is a good friend of mine. Steve offered to tell me his story in order to help encourge others to stay positive. A couple years back Steve was laid off his job working at a leather company. For about 6 months he recieved unemployment while searching for another job. With not many people hiring in the area he was unable to find a job and his unemployment ran out. Because Steve could not afford his bills and living expenses he had to move back in with his parents. For about the next year and a half he continued to apply for jobs while helping his dad on the farm for some extra cash. Steve finally caught a break a few months ago when he applied to a new company in the area that makes the bases for street lights. He was hired on making decent wages and good benefits. Because the company was new and he was one of the first people hired he is now in a foreman position for the 2nd shift. He says even though he had to go through a rough patch that it was worth it. He says he has finally found a job he likes and is confident that it will be the last job he ever has to apply for. Steve now lives on his own again and has enough extra money to continue his hobbies and save up for retirement.